Special Message from the Pastor
Dear Sister & Brother,
Merry Christmas to you! Behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a Savior has been born (Luke 2:11). This is what we are celebrating, this is the cause of our joy too, our Savior has been born. As God’s people, as the family of our God let us solemnly celebrate the birthday of our Savior.
Our God becomes Emmanuel through all our celebrations; through the celebration of the sacraments He continues to live in our midst. Our God nourishes and cherishes us through His Church, just as you parents nourish and cherish your family. Therefore, let us solemnly celebrate this feast expressing our love for the Lord. Let us boldly and joyfully proclaim to the world our living faith in the Emmanuel (God with us) and pass on this faith and traditions to the coming generations.
I thank everyone of you for the many ways through which we live as God’s family in our parish. I thank you for your cooperation and love and most of all for your participation in the celebration of our God’s presence in our devout celebration of the sacraments. We have stuck together as God’s family through this pandemic. You were happy, satisfied and nourished with the least (online masses), when there were restrictions on gatherings. You participated joyfully in the outdoor masses. You did not complain but bore all the hardships together as family. You continued to support your parish through your contributions. Some of you online, others mailed them or came and dropped your contribution envelopes in the mailbox at the rectory, even when you could not come to worship in person. This is the miracle of our Church, the miracle of our Parish, and I thank you for that.
Compared to pre-pandemic our offertory has been down $70,000. So if possible make a special Christmas offering. Also I want to bring your attention to a new venture we are starting this Christmas; that is raising funds for a new church in the future. It may take ten or twenty years before we may be able to start building, but we must start saving something for it. I plead and hope that you will support this venture. Send in your contributions to OLG, New Church fund.
Worshiping together, loving each other, we are God’s family and this is the family that our God is coming into this Christmas. So let us celebrate the many blessings of our God. With all my love, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Fr. Mathew Rappu